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GRTC Pulse Bus Lanes Will Have You Seeing Red

“With this ordinance, we’ll join other pioneering cities in using red lanes to help complete our streets, building a safer and more efficient transit system for our riders,” said Mayor Stoney.

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A 2.5 mile stretch of Broad Street will be painted red but only the GRTC Pulse bus-only lanes. The images you see above are one possible way they’ll look but they could end up being solid or hatched. This happening after the Richmond City Council approved a $2 million plan to increase pedestrian safety.

The 2.5-mile stretch of Broad Street is between Thompson Street and Foushee Street. This effort to highlight the lanes began shortly after a GRTC bus driver fatally struck 32-year-old Alice Woodson at the intersection of East Broad Street and Bowe Street in October 2019.

Statement from Mayor Stoney’s Office details the funding and answers other questions.

At the March 22 meeting of Richmond City Council, the city administration introduced an ordinance to direct funds from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to paint the Pulse Bus Rapid Transit bus-only lanes red.

“With this ordinance, we’ll join other pioneering cities in using red lanes to help complete our streets, building a safer and more efficient transit system for our riders,” said Mayor Stoney.

The pavement of the transit-only lanes will be painted red, either solid or hatched, starting with the stretch of Broad Street between Thompson Street and Foushee Street. At peak travel, approximately 14 buses per hour use that section of the major thoroughfare.

Red lanes have two key benefits: route efficiency and pedestrian safety. Clearly marked, bright red lanes help drivers understand when they must vacate a bus lane, which improves bus arrival times. The clear red markings also indicate to pedestrians that the traffic flow is different from other lanes, inspiring extra caution.

The grant funds were secured by the city’s Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility, led by longtime transit professional Dironna Moore Clarke.

“Complete streets lead to safer, faster, better transit,” said Clarke. “As we seek to build out a truly multimodal network, the red bus lanes along the Pulse route will serve as a model for other key corridors.”

A combination of city funds and the state grant will make this project possible. The state will reimburse the city over $1.6 million for the project, and the city is allocating $413,452 from the Department of Public Works Central Virginia Transportation Authority special fund account.

Project completion is planned for Spring 2022.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Rezoning Request for a Mixed Use Building at Dunston and Westover Hill Boulevard

The rezoning – Planning Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for May 17th at 1:30pm and the request is to change from R-5 Residential.

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Spotted on Forest View Neighborhood Facebook posted by Ashley

The rezoning signs have gone up for the Old Christmas Tree Lot that’s across from the Valero. The developer is applying for a Special Use Permit (R-63). It’s currently a R-5 Residential.
The rezoning – Planning Meeting (virtual) is scheduled for May 17th at 1:30pm. https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx I understand that you can submit comments ahead of the meeting.
The developer (whom I have no association with- just sharing what I know) is planning on building a mix use building.
– 3 Story Building
– The third floor will be SIX Apartments ( Four 1 bedroom apartments and Two 2 bedroom apartments).
– The second floor will be office space
– And the first floor will be retail
– Trash service will be a dumpster with a privacy screen
– UPDATED: 9 spots parking spots + 1 handicapped parking spot = 10 parking spots behind the building but expected street parking will be used
– At least a year lease for the apartments / targeting young professionals

The images were distributed at a Forest Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting.

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South of the James Community Festival Morphing into Mile of Music at Forest Hill Park

On Saturday, June 12th you’ll be able to walk around Forest Hill Park and enjoy some sweet sounds.

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In previous years the Richmond Symphony would set up their really big tent and host music. This year they’re still playing music but it’s a little different. On Saturday, June 12th you’ll be able to walk around Forest Hill Park and enjoy some sweet sounds.

South of the James Community Festival

While we are encouraged by the progress being made in the state of Virginia, the Richmond Symphony has decided to take a different direction with the South of the James Community Festival this year, primarily due to COVID and still needing to maintain social distancing protocols, etc. With that in mind, we are moving forward with an alternative approach.

Please join us at the new event, Mile for Music: https://fb.me/e/1eT2qOcJt

Over the course of two hours, Mile of Music will have several performing groups set-up along an approximate 1-mile route within Forest Hill Park – you can take your time to enjoy music in the park from 2-4pm! Hope to see you there!

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Richmond BizSense Reporting: Nonprofit Little Hands that Clothes Babies Moves Into Stratford Hills

The nonprofit takes donated clothes and other items and distributes them to children.

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From Richmond BizSense.com:

Little Hands opened a new office at 7101-L Forest Hill Ave. in the Shops at Stratford Hills in early April. The nonprofit collects donated new and like-new clothing, diapers, soap and other items for children up to 3 years old and then distributes the donations to children referred by its partner network.

“We provide essentials to young children in need in the greater Richmond area,” founder and executive director Taylor Keeney said. “That (age range) is in particular a time when kids are growing and constantly needing new clothing and gear.”

Little Hands launched out of Keeney’s garage in 2019, and by the fall of that year moved into a classroom at Second Baptist Church in Henrico. After heightened demand spurred by the pandemic, the nonprofit relocated again.

Details from Little Hands Instagram on how you can make a donation.

We are opening the doors to our new office on Wednesday! Come see us this week!

Our new office is located at 7101 Forest Hill Ave., Suite L, Richmond, VA 23225. It is in the Shops at Stratford Hills, right in between Publix and Target.

All donations must be brought to the back door. When you pull into the shopping center, drive around to the back (either around the Publix or Target). There is a sign on the Little Hands door! Ring the doorbell and a volunteer will meet you at the door.

For a refersher on the items we accept, and what must be new versus gently used, visit www.littlehandsva.org/how-to-help.

We will be posting our regular hours for the spring later this week, including some Saturday hours coming up in April. See you soon!

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